Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 19, 2015)
Word of the Day

wastrel

Definition:(noun) One who wastes, especially one who wastes money; an idler or a loafer.
Synonyms:prodigal, profligate
Usage: Despite his parents' best efforts to teach him responsibility, Sam grew up to be a wastrel who squandered his entire fortune.
Article of the Day

Slot Machines

Slot machines are popular casino games that constitute about 70% of the average casino's income. The player pulls a handle to rotate a series of reels that have pictures printed on them. Winning or losing is determined by which pictures line up with the pay line, a line in the middle of a viewing window. Some believe skill is involved in the game, but the probability of a win is determined by the game's random number generator. Who invented the slot machine? More...
This Day in History

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger Is Elected Pope (2005)

Ordained in 1951, the German-born Ratzinger came to be regarded as the most influential person in the Catholic hierarchy after the pope through his high-profile positions within the church and his uncompromising stance on Catholic teachings. He presided over the funeral of Pope John Paul II as dean of the College of Cardinals and, after just two days and four ballots, was elected pope in one of the fastest papal elections in a century. Why did he pray not to be elected during the papal conclave? More...
Today's Birthday

Eliot Ness (1903)

Ness was 26 years old when he was hired as a special agent of the US Department of Justice to head its Chicago Prohibition bureau, with the express purpose of breaking up the bootlegging network of Al Capone. He formed a nine-man team of unbribable officers known as "the Untouchables." Numerous attempts were made on his life, and one of his friends was killed, but he eventually helped take down Capone, who was convicted on tax evasion charges. What did Ness do after Prohibition ended? More...
Quotation of the Day
Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

in all truthfulness

In one's sincere opinion; without any disingenuousness. More...
Today's Holiday

Cerealia (2017)

Ceres was the ancient Roman goddess of grain and of harvests, often identified with the Greek goddess Demeter. The festival known as Cerealia was observed at various locations only by Roman matrons, who, for several days preceding the festival, abstained from wine and other carnal pleasures. People who were in mourning were not allowed to appear at the celebration. For this reason, the Cerealia was not observed after the Battle of Cannae, when 50,000 Roman troops were killed by Hannibal. More...
In the News

Monkey Presumed Extinct Appears in Congo Forest

An African monkey thought to be extinct has been spotted again by researchers, who returned from a remote Congo forest in March with the first-ever photos of the rare red primate... More...
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